Friday, April 16, 2010
Why Can't I Find a Church That Preaches the Truth?
2 Thessalonians 2:3 speaks of the great falling away. Many believe we are in that time now. The evidence has grown clearer that many are following after false preachers. 2 Timothy 4:3 “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears".
The best pastor I ever had, was someone who warned the congregation, “Test every teacher by God's Word, and if they fail this test and you cannot bring them to repentance or remove them, then run for the door!”. This is a message that is extraordinarily rare out there in the churches today.
The message in many false churches has to do with following men blindly instead of following the apostles who in Acts 5:29 stated “We ought to obey God rather then men”. Many false churches claim high authority for men that supersedes scripture such as Catholicism which considers it's Magisterium on par with scripture  to evangelical movements such as the New Apostolic Reformation which claims that church leaders today can count themselves among “today's apostles”. 
Instead of testing teachers by God's Word as the Bereans tested the apostles themselves with their approval, many in the churches today, just take what they are given, without thinking, questioning, praying, seeking God's guidance or comparing it to scripture. In churches with the antichrist spirit, independent thought is something to be shut down as they lead the members to join with the “world system” and teach them to sit in a pew accepting everything they are told.
One interesting phenomenon in the Christian world today, is the question “Who is your teacher”? Answering “The Holy Spirit” doesn't seem to be enough, as they celebrate vaulted Bible teachers, that introduce endless errors and accuse you of being a “Lone Ranger Christian” that refuses to conform to the hive.
Some seem to think they have fulfilled the Rev 18:4 commandment “Come out of her” just by leaving the Catholic or Mormon church, but many evangelical teachers are following the harlot as well, via false teachings and falling away. In other words racing out of a Catholic or Mormon pew, into a new trap Satan has set, is pretty common for those who ignore the direction of the Holy Spirit. If you see your church leader hanging out with Billy or Franklin Graham [both of whom have praised the Pope as a great moral teacher], or your church leader signing such documents as Evangelicals and Catholics Together  , it is time to ask yourself some serious questions.
What does one see when they visit the majority of churches today? Outside of a few fundamentalist, Bible and conservative church and house church hold-outs, that have truly born again leaders and discerning congregations, things are getting pretty hairy out there.
One sees many of the churches on the road to Rome. When evangelical churches start celebrating Lent and Baptists start holding to Advent, and church calendars, you know there is a problem. The Emergent movement is strong with their mystical experiences, appeal to young people, and the so called “ancient ways” and their labyrinths and relaxed coffee houses. Contemporary Christian music, including the worse aspects of rock, has taken over the churches with its repetitive lyrics and odd songs that refer to God, only in third person pro-nouns, like “Hey You”!, one realizes something is wrong.
Even fundamentalist and other churches can fall into Dominionism [seeking to unite church and state and seeking after political power and theocracy] and other errors. There are some Messianic groups who instead of preaching the gospel of grace, are trying to bring people back under the law, teaching that if they do not keep Old Testament law that they will be lost. Then there are the Charismatic and Pentecostal churches that have their members seeking after false signs and wonders and the false teachings of the prosperity gospel. Mainline Protestantism, with it's liberalism and constant compromises is no real option either.
Rick Warren is everywhere, with Purpose Driven Life this and that, and “global” based social-justice missions. Tracts are non-existent, and supposely “only nuts” go out to street preach and witness to anyone. Then there is the core basic, that the majority of churches are yoked to the ecumenical movement, which wants all who claim to be Christians, from Catholics to Mormons to Oneness Pentecostals to all “unite”. Along with the World Council of Churches, Billy Graham and the Lausanne Movement, unity becomes the prevailing message no matter the false doctrines or teachings of participating churches and religious organizations. Of course the end point of the “world evangelicalism movement” is the one world religion and interfaithism, where “Christianity” is just seen as one more path [among many religions] in the global pantheon.
So what is a Christian to do? One thing, that won't be talked about in the Christian mainstream media, is that there are many Christians out there who cannot find a local church that even keeps to the basics and who are now without a church family. They find themselves silenced and ostracized by pastors and congregations who care more about the bottom line then the truth. The Bible does call us to assemble but this can be done, via a home church, or seeking fellowship and prayer with Christian friends. If one can find a good church that holds to the truth, then by all means participate, I was blessed for almost six years being in a church that held to God's Word but did not know how rare that was at the time.
If you are called out of a church by the Holy Spirit, leave, do not let outside pressures keep you in there. Realize that there is great evidence of us being in the “last days” and that this “great falling away” was prophesied. You are to have Jesus Christ as your first love and loyalty, that means refusing to have anything to do with a false church. If you are truly born again and have examined yourself to be in the faith, [2 Cr. 13:5] you are still a member of the ekklesia, this is the “church” that 'counts”: Gods chosen according to 1 Peter 2:9.